Friday 23 March 2018

Irish woman survives being run over by three New York subway trains

A New York subway
A New York subway
A subway train platform in New York.

Julian Brouwer

AN Irish woman was run over by three New York subway trains on Sunday morning – and walked away with nothing more than a broken shoulder.

Mary Downey (22), an Irish immigrant living in Queens, New York, somehow avoided being crushed to death by the three subway trains after accidentally falling on to the tracks at a Times Square station.

Authorities said Ms Downey's brush with death occurred at 49th Street station near Seventh Avenue at around 6am.

As she was waiting on the platform, Ms Downey – who police said had been drinking before the accident – stumbled over and fell on to the tracks.

Unable to lift herself off the rails, Ms Downey managed to position herself between the rails as at least one of the trains thundered over her, police sources said. "She was lucky enough to have, it looks like to us, rolled to the platform and was in between the platform and the train," said New York Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Meyers.

Ms Downey continued to lie helplessly on the track as yet another train operator unknowingly drove over her.

Ms Downey wasn't discovered until the third train's operator realised there was a person on the tracks and ground the train to a halt – but not before the train passed over her.

Paramedics were called and removed her from under the train. She was brought to hospital for treatment before being released.

Irish Independent

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